The park is designed for “All Ages. All Abilities.” – as a place that provides equal opportunity for everyone, disabled or not, to play and exercise together.

The ARCpark of the Greater Richmond ARC is a 2.4 acre community park located in Richmond, Virginia. The park is designed for “All Ages. All Abilities.” – as a place that provides equal opportunity for everyone, disabled or not, to play and exercise together. A culmination of more than six years of planning, fundraising, and construction, the ARCpark was made possible in large part due to community philanthropists who donated to the project.

The design team worked with the Greater Richmond ARC to scope a signage package that not only recognized the donors that helped make the park happen but also created a wayfinding system for visitors. In an effort to minimize signs around the park and also maximize the budget, the design team combined the donor recognition into the wayfinding system.

The ARCpark is divided into eight different “Wellness Areas” – each featuring wayfinding graphics that explain the type of activities or equipment that can be found in a specific location. These eight areas are themed around active verbs: Gather, Move, Grow, Create, Explore, Discover, Play, and Refresh.

Color- and icon-coded signs with supplemental braille are placed throughout the park to indicate the location of each Wellness Area and the respective donors who contributed to each space. Along with the surrounding equipment, all signs are color-coordinated to foster navigation and support place-making for all ages and abilities.

The ARCpark of the Greater Richmond ARC is a 2.4 acre community park located in Richmond, Virginia. The park is designed for “All Ages. All Abilities.” – as a place that provides equal opportunity for everyone, disabled or not, to play and exercise together. A culmination of more than six years of planning, fundraising, and construction, the ARCpark was made possible in large part due to community philanthropists who donated to the project.

The design team worked with the Greater Richmond ARC to scope a signage package that not only recognized the donors that helped make the park happen but also created a wayfinding system for visitors. In an effort to minimize signs around the park and also maximize the budget, the design team combined the donor recognition into the wayfinding system.

The ARCpark is divided into eight different “Wellness Areas” – each featuring wayfinding graphics that explain the type of activities or equipment that can be found in a specific location. These eight areas are themed around active verbs: Gather, Move, Grow, Create, Explore, Discover, Play, and Refresh.

Color- and icon-coded signs with supplemental braille are placed throughout the park to indicate the location of each Wellness Area and the respective donors who contributed to each space. Along with the surrounding equipment, all signs are color-coordinated to foster navigation and support place-making for all ages and abilities.

The park is designed for “All Ages. All Abilities.” – as a place that provides equal opportunity for everyone, disabled or not, to play and exercise together.
The park is designed for “All Ages. All Abilities.” – as a place that provides equal opportunity for everyone, disabled or not, to play and exercise together.

“This is the best playground in Richmond.”

– Amanda Krieger Richmond Resident & Mother of Three
The park is designed for “All Ages. All Abilities.” – as a place that provides equal opportunity for everyone, disabled or not, to play and exercise together.

Client: The Greater Richmond ARC

Location: Richmond, VA

Discipline: Entry Signage, Wayfinding, Donor Signage, ADA/Code

Completion: 2015

Size: 2.4 acres